On Dec. 31, 2009, Montana’s Supreme Court issued a ruling that addressed the question of whether the state’s constitution guaranteed terminally ill patients a right to lethal prescription medication from their physicians.

Existing physician-assisted dying laws mirror Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, which is widely acclaimed as successful and where independent studies have shown has safeguards to protect patients and prevents misuse. Death with Dignity National Center. States currently having Death with Dignity Acts are Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, Vermont and California. While Montana still isn't an official state in approval of the Death with Dignity cause, since 2009 many bills have been introduced, however as of late no bills are active in submission. The Death with Dignity National Center is a nonprofit organization that has been in existence since 1993. The patient must be capable of making and communicating health care decisions for themselves and diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six months. This organization is most notably associated with the original writing and continued advocating of the Oregon Death with Dignity … Posts about death with dignity written by montanafesto. The Death with Dignity Act states that in order to participate, a patient must be eighteen years of age or older and a resident of Oregon. Currently, Death with Dignity is legal in only five states: California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana. The Montana debate has followed similar clashes in other states, most recently Massachusetts, where voters narrowly defeated a death-with-dignity referendum in November. Supporters see the ability to hasten death, when patients are already close to dying and normal palliative care cannot relieve their suffering (and it usually can), as a matter of personal autonomy.

Hawaii - House Bill 606. Kansas - … Baxter v. Montana, is a Montana Supreme Court case, argued on September 2, 2009, and decided on December 31, 2009, that addressed the question of whether the state's constitution guaranteed terminally ill patients a right to lethal prescription medication from their physicians. States with Current Bills Submitted in Favor of Death with Dignity: Connecticut - House Bill 5326.